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February 2017

David Allen Ho’ & John Swardson (Americana) $5

Tuesday, February 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://soundcloud.com/davidallenho David Allen Ho’ got his start playing drums at house parties and in local dive bars around his native territory of rural North Dakota. Influenced by some of the greats, such as John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, and Hank Williams, as well as contemporaries like Lucero and Drive-By Truckers, he eventually learned a few chords on guitar and mandolin and started to write and perform his own music. He sings his songs of lost love and unwanted change with…

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, February 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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MN Songwriter Showcase

To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Rielly,…

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The Shiny Lights Ft. Chris Lynch & John Eller (Rock) $8

Thursday, February 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snr_2OxLxuo http://www.shinylights.com The Shiny Lights illuminate the Minneapolis music scene If experience was gold, The Shiny Lights would be rich. One of the more promising new bands to pop out of the always crowded music scene in Minnesota – aka The Land of 10000 bands – in 2010, The Shiny Lights have about a century’s worth of collective experience behind them, something that is immediately evident when you hear the inspired pop/rock on their self-titled debut EP. Equally adept at…

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The Lowland Lakers & Kari Arnett (Americana) $6

Friday, February 24 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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THE Lowland Lakers are a midwest folk three-piece, rich in vocal harmonies. "The Lowland Lakers have a certain relaxed charm to their sound that is respectable. They aren’t looking to blow the listener away with overstuffed arrangements or busy performances." Tony Bennett, The Duluth News Tribune http://www.thelowlandlakers.com - www.kariarnett.com Kari Arnett is an Americana singer/songwriter based in Minneapolis. Drawing lyrics from hard life experiences, Arnett's focus was to connect to other's through song. While her lyrics are poignant, honest and…

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High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, February 25 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbvY9LTCLP4 Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs. In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. And in a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are…

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$10

RIVER ROOM: An Evening with Ari Herstand & Chris Koza (Nu Folk) $10 Adv / Door

Saturday, February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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DOORS 6pm SHOWTIME 7-9pm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG8r4OTSraA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJQno0aTs7g Ari Herstand has admired Chris Koza's songwriting prowess for most of his adult life. As a former Minneapolitan, Herstand was always a few venues behind Koza in his pursuit for local fame. Eventually Herstand and Koza were trading off headlining the Varsity Theater right before Herstand moved on to soak up the rays of Los Angeles in 2010. He returned to Minneapolis for a couple months in the Spring of 2012 to work with…

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New Primitives (World Pop/Reggae) $5

Saturday, February 25 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exAHhcCVZWE http://www.newprimitives.com Turn up the heat mid-winter with New Primitives, a Minneapolis-based, world pop band, explores blended styles heavily influenced by Reggae, R & B, and Afro-Caribbean music. New Primitives features two Mid-western Rock and Country Hall of Fame members, Stanley Kipper and Chico Perez, friends since early childhood. They have won multiple music awards including four MN Music Academy Awards for "Best Performance" and "Best Reggae/World Band." The New Primitive sound is also composed of ska, rock, Afro-Cuban, Caribbean…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons

Sunday, February 26 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz,…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, February 26 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz,…

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Parisota Hot Club (Gypsy Jazz) $5

Sunday, February 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQXOjUceznU http://www.parisota.com Specializing in the Gypsy jazz popularized by Django Reinhardt, Parisota Hot Club features founding member, bandleader and guitarist Robb Henry. The group has evolved from the original quartet of 2002-2004 to a current collective of some of the finest Hot Club musicians in the Twin Cities area.

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March 2017

A Piano in Every Home Residency ft. Ben Burwell of Taj Raj (Indie Folk) $5

Thursday, March 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Travis Erickson and Jake Pavek of A Piano In Every Home taught each other how to make music. Through their formative years, the duo wrote, recorded and traveled together. A common thread of musical training, messy affairs, and expeditions through the American West and Asia helped to fill a well of shared experience. Mark Kartarik and Jake Wallenius expanded the roster after the Meridian in late 2013. - https://soundcloud.com/turbo-pastel Ben Burwell of Taj Raj performs songs from his new project, Turbo Pastel!

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Savannah Smith, Charlie Van Stee & Frequency Collisions (Indie/folk) $5

Friday, March 3 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.reverbnation.com/savannahsmith A series of YouTube videos, each one more precious than the last, paint Minneapolis’ Savannah Smith as a ukulele-slinging Jack Johnson disciple—particularly in an adorable take on “Bitter Heart” by Zee Avi (who’s on Johnson’s Brushfire Records), aided by some smirking, unofficial sign language from her roommate. But the seriousness Smith shows when performing her own songs, like the punchy “Ventriloquism,” nicely balances her jazz-informed cooing and displays a talent for lyrical density that raises her simple melodies. AV…

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Tom Aydan, Cole Premo & Maya Elena (Pop Folk Soul Rock) $7

Saturday, March 4 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIyd3_p10Sk www.tomaydan.com I put what I am into my music - the rest is just noise. - https://colepremo.bandcamp.com A Minneapolis-based musician balancing galactic dreams and R&B, the blues and our reality cruise. Something like that. Oh, and I also blog for WCCO's Local Music Tap & Tap Talk! - https://mayaelenamusic.bandcamp.com Maya Elena is a singer songwriter based out of Minneapolis. Spookfolk, jazz-oriented grooves define her situational compositions, harboring a voice like a rattlesnake perpetually fighting a dove. She finds creative…

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$15

RIVER ROOM: Dan Navarro $15 Adv / Cash Door

Wednesday, March 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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DOORS 7PM SHOWTIME 8PM-10PM http://www.dannavarro.com For over thirty years, Dan Navarro has written, sung, played and acted his way through a rich and varied career... It was as a songwriter that Dan Navarro started his career, mostly in collaboration with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated classic “We Belong”), The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, Dave Edmunds, The Tempatations, Dionne Warwick, Dutch superstar Marco Borsato, The Triplets, Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir and many more...…

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John Hermanson (Storyhill) & Jonathan Byrd (Folk) $15

Thursday, March 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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http://johnhermanson.net https://johnhermanson.bandcamp.com/ Singer-songwriter John is a member of the acclaimed duo Storyhill, a regular guest performer on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion. The duo has a loyal following, produces a thriving annual music festival, and has independently sold over 250,000 records during the course of a 25-year career. John is also the founder of the art rock band Alva Star, and was a member of the indie-rock group, The Hopefuls. Hermanson is a co-owner of Egg Music, a full-service creative…

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$10

RIVER ROOM SHOW: Paul The Beatle $10 Adv/$10 Cash Door

Saturday, March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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RIVER ROOM SHOW. ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ABOVE. $10 CASH AT THE DOOR. DOORS 6PM. SHOWTIME 7PM. 90 MINUTES WITH SET BREAK. In a brilliant one-man Beatlemania-esque show, Bob Halligan Jr portrays Paul McCartney through his career as a FAB. Paul has a conversation with the audience- and himself- that inevitably leads back to the songs we so deeply love. Early on, he receives a visit from John Lennon, who asserts his “creative dominance” of the group. Through the…

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Kate Lynch & Her Most Excellent Fellows (Vintage Vocal Jazz) $7

Saturday, March 11 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Call 612-379-3138 TO RESERVE YOUR TABLE! http://katelynchmusic.com A couple years ago I fell in love with a song from 1944 called The Java Jive. The version I love is performed by the Ink Spots. I had never even heard of the Ink Spots before that. The love of that song and my determination to learn it on the bass while also singing, lead me down a path that has been both challenging and super-duper rewarding. I proceeded to listen to…

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St. Paddy’s Day with Belfast Cowboys (Van Morrison Tribute / Rock) $20

Friday, March 17 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Belfast Cowboys

https://www.belfastcowboys.com This nine-piece band has been playing in and around Minnesota since 2002, specializing in the music of Van Morrison. It is also the papa group to St Dominic's Trio. The band's first show was on St Patrick's Day, 2002. In December, 2008 The Belfast Cowboys and St Dominic's Trio released debut CDs. In August, 2009, The Cowboys headlined at BB King's Blues bar in Times Square, New York. In July, 2010, the Cowboys played a three hour opening set…

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The Shiny Lights Ft. Chris Lynch & John Eller (Rock) $8

Thursday, March 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snr_2OxLxuo http://www.shinylights.com The Shiny Lights illuminate the Minneapolis music scene If experience was gold, The Shiny Lights would be rich. One of the more promising new bands to pop out of the always crowded music scene in Minnesota – aka The Land of 10000 bands – in 2010, The Shiny Lights have about a century’s worth of collective experience behind them, something that is immediately evident when you hear the inspired pop/rock on their self-titled debut EP. Equally adept at…

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New Primitives (World Pop/Reggae) $5

Saturday, March 25 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exAHhcCVZWE http://www.newprimitives.com Turn up the heat mid-winter with New Primitives, a Minneapolis-based, world pop band, explores blended styles heavily influenced by Reggae, R & B, and Afro-Caribbean music. New Primitives features two Mid-western Rock and Country Hall of Fame members, Stanley Kipper and Chico Perez, friends since early childhood. They have won multiple music awards including four MN Music Academy Awards for "Best Performance" and "Best Reggae/World Band." The New Primitive sound is also composed of ska, rock, Afro-Cuban, Caribbean…

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Nip N Tuck & The Sleepers $10 (Vintage Rock)

Thursday, March 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://garyrue.com/nip-n-tuck "Nip ‘n’ Tuck was born in 1976 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and consists of Gary Rue (guitar/vocal), Jeff Willkomm, bass/vocal), Tilly (drums/vocal). The group was heavily influenced by pop idols of the time: Todd Rundgren, The Raspberries, etc., and termed a ‘melodic rock band’ by the local press (with which the band agreed). Another in a long list of bands who were ‘this close’ then inexplicably disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle of pop history. But wait! Now they’re back! From…

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April 2017

The Twilight Hours Ft. John Munson & Matt Wilson (Folk Rock) $20

Thursday, April 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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http://www.thetwilighthours.com/music/ 'We use the word rock loosely, as a descriptor for something that is definitely not anything but rock, but a type of rock that is thoughtful, sometimes introspective, sometimes full of rejoicing. We are grateful for the continued opportunity to rock.' Matt Wilson and John Munson have been playing music together off and on for about twenty years. They started tasted some success with their psychedelic, and flowery pop band Trip Shakespeare, which also featured Matt's brother Dan (who…

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